Two Injured, Iron Maiden’s Plane ‘Badly Damaged’ in Airport Accident
Two people have been injured when Iron Maiden's airplane, Ed Force One, collided with a ground tug at the airport in Santiago, Chile today. The band is currently making new arrangements to get themselves and their equipment to Argentina for their concert tomorrow night.
They broke the news on their Facebook page, where they included the above picture and another showing the damage. According to the post, the plane was being towed in order to be refueled prior to their flight to Cordoba, Argentina. "On moving, the steering pin that is part of the mechanism that connects the ground tug to the aircraft seemingly fell out. On making a turn the aircraft had no steering and collided with the ground tug badly damaging the undercarriage, two of the aircraft's engines and injuring two ground tug operators, both of whom have been taken to hospital. We hope of course that they make a full and speedy recovery and we will be closely monitoring their progress. The flight engineers are on site and evaluating the damage, but their initial report is that the engines have suffered large damage and will require an extended period of maintenance and possibly two new engines."
"We are currently making contingency arrangements to get to the show in Cordoba tomorrow with band, crew and equipment intact," they continued. "Fortunately the 20 tons of equipment had not been loaded onto EF1 at the time of the accident. Although this is tragic for our beautiful plane we do not expect this to affect our concert schedule including the next 2 shows in Cordoba and Buenos Aires. And we hope to find a new Ed Force One to continue this adventure with us in the near future. We will keep everyone updated when we know more, so keep checking only on this site for official news."
This is the third incarnation of Ed Force One, but the first time it is a Boeing 747. The plane is piloted by Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, who underwent extra training in order to be licensed to fly the jet.
Iron Maiden are in the midst of their 2016 world tour in support of The Book of Souls. After finishing up in South America, they will return to North America in March and April and then head to the Far East and Europe.
UPDATE: Iron Maiden wrote on Facebook that "our Killer Krew has sorted out all logistics for us to be there with our full show for you all tomorrow. We expect no disruption to the tour in any way and are looking for a replacement 747 Ed Force One while our current beauty is healed." They added that the two workers who were injured in the accident "will make a complete recovery. Best wishes to them and their families."
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